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    How Much Do You Need For Your Down Payment?

    By The Cook Group | January 4, 2022

    As you set out on your home buying journey, you likely have a plan in place, and you’re working on saving for your purchase. But do you know how much you actually need for your down payment? If you think you have to put 20% down, you may have set your goal based on a... Read More

    Key Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage

    By The Cook Group | December 28, 2021

    Once you’ve found your dream home and applied for a mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close. It’s exciting to start thinking about moving in and decorating your new place, but before you make any large purchases, move your money around, or make any major life changes, be sure... Read More

    The Average Homeowner Gained $56,700 in Equity over the Past Year

    By The Cook Group | December 21, 2021

    When you think of homeownership, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Chances are you might focus on the non-financial benefits, like the security or stability home provides. But what about equity? While it can be overlooked, a homeowner’s equity helps build long-term wealth over time. Here’s a look at what equity is and why... Read More

    If You Think the Housing Market Will Slow This Winter, Think Again.

    By The Cook Group | December 13, 2021

    From the opportunity to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates to changing homeowner needs, Americans have more motivation than ever to buy a home. According to the experts, buyers are making moves right now, creating an unseasonably strong housing market for this time of year. As we wrap up the fall season and move into the winter months, here’s... Read More

    Why Now Is a Great Time To Sell

    By The Cook Group | November 30, 2021

    As we near the end of the year, more homeowners are realizing the benefits of today’s sellers’ market. Record-breaking home price appreciation, growing equity, low inventory, and competitive mortgage rates are motivating homeowners to make a move that addresses their changing lifestyles. In fact, recent data from shows a larger share of homeowners are planning to list their houses this winter. So, that means more... Read More

    4 Things Every Renter Needs To Consider

    By The Cook Group | November 15, 2021

    As a renter, you’re constantly faced with the same dilemma: keep renting for another year or purchase a home? Your answer depends on your current situation and future plans, but there are a number of benefits to homeownership every renter needs to consider. Here are a few things you should think about before you settle on renting for another... Read More

    7 Daytona Beach Restaurants That You Have to Try

    By The Cook Group | November 3, 2021

    Florida’s Atlantic Coast is lined with world-famous attractions and gorgeous cities located directly on the water. Naturally, it’s become a massively popular destination for both visitors and people looking to become permanent residents, especially Daytona Beach, otherwise known as the World’s Most Famous Beach. Here is a list of 7 restaurants in the Daytona Beach... Read More

    The Rental Market is Heating Up

    By The Cook Group | October 27, 2021

    Just as the for-sale market is starting to moderate, the rental market is heating up, which will put added pressure on people trying to save for their first home. Rental listings are attracting multiple offers, and apartment vacancy rates are approaching record lows. Consequently, rents are set to soar. The reason is twofold. First, the... Read More

    What Does the Future Hold for Home Prices?

    By The Cook Group | October 21, 2021

    If you’re looking to buy or sell a house, chances are you’ve heard talk about today’s rising home prices. And while this increase in home values is great news for sellers, you may be wondering what the future holds. Will prices continue to rise with time, or should you expect them to fall? To answer that... Read More

    The Big Question: Should You Renovate or Move?

    By The Cook Group | October 13, 2021

    The Big Question: Should You Renovate or Move? The last 18 months changed what many buyers are looking for in a home. Recently, the American Institute of Architects released their AIA Home Design Trends Survey results for Q3 2021. The survey reveals the following: 70% of respondents want more outdoor living space 69% of respondents want a home office... Read More